Tory Govt pledge another £600m tax-payer money for international abortions and family planning

On Monday, (23/09) Secretary of State for International Development, Alok Sharma MP, announced to the UN that the Department for International Development (DFID) would be providing an additional £600 million of taxpayer money for “family planning”, which will include funding abortions.

This pledge is the UK Government’s largest ever stand-alone spend of taxpayer money in this area and comes on top of the £1.1 billion already pledged over a 5 year period beginning in 2017.

Both of these large sums of money while ostensibly used for “family planning” will also be used to fund abortions overseas.

The Government’s announcement has been made following a recent Independent Commission for Aid Impact report which condemned DFID for favouring abortion funding at the expense of strengthening the delivery of quality maternal care programmes.

The British Goverment is the largest single donor to international abortion provider, Marie Stopes International (MSI), who is currently under scrutiny for rewarding its chief executive, Simon Cooke, a total salary package in excess of £400,000.

MSI performed almost 5 million abortions in 2018. It has had its funding from the UK taxpayer increased by over 5,000% in the last 12 years, up to over £48,000,000 in 2018, making the UK taxpayer the largest donor to the organisation.

However, polling shows that there is little public support for tax payer’s money being spent in this manner with 65% of the British population opposed to this money be used to fund abortions overseas.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK Catherine Robinson said:

“Time and again the Department for International Development have pledged large sums of money for ‘family planning’ internationally, and time and again, this money has also be used to fund abortions.”

“There is no internationally recognised right to abortion, and the British Government, along with the UN, should not be acting as if there is. Many countries do not share the British Government’s views on abortion. They do not recognise abortion as a right to be promoted.”

“The British public does not want its taxes being used in this way. 65% have stated they are opposed to their taxes being used to fund overseas abortions.”

“This is nothing short of neo-colonialism, where the British Government is using its resources to fund abortions in foreign nations.”

UK Govt announces £13.6 million taxpayer money for US pro-abortion lobby group

In a recent debate in the House of Lords on global gender equality, Baroness Sugg revealed that the Department for International Development (DfID) had increased its funding for the American pro-abortion think tank, the Guttmacher Institute.

On returning from the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, Baroness Sugg “was also pleased to announce an uplift to [DfID’s] programme with the Guttmacher Institute, bringing our current support to £13.6 million.”

It transpires that DfiD have been working with the pro-abortion think tank in their promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights, which includes promoting access to abortion.

Historically, the Guttmacher Institute was a part of America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, and continues to have close ties with that organisation.

In 2015, Planned Parenthood were embroiled in a scandal after they were discovered to negotiating the trading of baby body parts for research. Planned Parenthood abortionists were filmed altering how they conducted abortions in order to best harvest the desired organ(s) of the unborn baby.

DfID support for this the Guttmacher Institute is in addition to funding that has previously been provided to other abortion lobby groups. This year DfID gave IPPF £132 million in funding for a two-year programme, despite the ongoing sexual scandals within the company.

Furthermore, in April, Penny Modaunt MP, as International Development Secretary, pledged an additional £42 million to IPPF (alongside Marie Stopes International) to look at the “neglected issue” of safe abortion in developing countries.

Clare McCarthy of Right To Life UK said: “ DfID’s use of taxpayer’s money to fund the pro-abortion research group, Guttmacher Institute, as well as the scandal ridden IPPF is disgraceful.”

“There is no popular support for this international abortion advocacy as 65% of people in Britain oppose the use of taxpayer money being used to fund overseas abortions.”

Abortion giant provided prostitutes for its staff – funded by the British taxpayer

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), one of the world’s largest abortion providers, oversaw the hiring of prostitutes for staff, donors and guests attending official functions, according to allegations reported in the Daily Mail.

Lucien Kouakou, the Africa regional director who was dismissed over the allegations, has made claimed that IPPF offered sexual ‘gifts’ to guests at African events for several years.

In an email sent to an official at the IPPF’s London headquarters responding to the threat of dismissal, Mr Kouakou said that under a previous regime ‘there was promoting of prostitution within the organisation, where prostitutes would be organised for IPPF staff, donors and partners during functions’.

He repeated the charges in Kenyan court documents filed in February, which say that under a previous leadership ‘the region solicited the services of prostitutes for guests during official functions of the organisation’.

The court documents add: ‘Young volunteers within the region were being offered to invitee guests during African gatherings and functions for sex or sexual pleasure.’

Despite the fact that this scandal has been going on for months, the Department for International Development (DfID) continues to use British taxpayer money to fund the abortion provider overseas.

In January of this year, DfID gave IPPF £132 million in funding for a two-year programme. In April, Penny Modaunt MP, as International Development Secretary, pledged a further £42 million to IPPF (alongside Marie Stopes International) to look at the “neglected issue” of safe abortion in developing countries.

Right to Life spokesperson Clare McCarthy said:

“After the scandal with Oxfam, the public were strongly assured that UK aid money would not go to any organisation that did not meet the ‘high standards’ of safeguarding and protection required. However, it seems an exception has been made for this giant abortion provider, allowing UK aid money to be pumped into funding abortions, whatever the cost and with little scrutiny.”

“The Department for International Development are apparently so committed to promoting abortion overseas using taxpayer money, that they are willing to continue funding an organisation mired in sexual scandal.”